Black Drum and Redfish at Flamingo and Tailing Bones and
Muttons in Biscayne Bay December 2009
I really don't like fishing in winds that are blowing 30 mph and it is raining sideways but there is no complaining for me when there are large schools of Bonefish tailing everywhere. We went to 3 flats and no further because the last one was full of fish, there must have been over 200 bones in different size schools in South Biscayne Bay. But in 5 hours we only managed to boat one in the mayhem because it was so had trying to get shrimp to them, it was difficult at best with the darn wind blowing so hard.
This morning we ran out in 20 kt winds in a sloppy Biscayne Bay to a great tide and find falling water temperatures which is a key to Mutton Snapper fishing, I found some nice Pilchards but not a lot with cloudy skies which makes it hard to see and we didn't get as much as I would have liked. The fishing was not bad with 6 Muttons but the largest was only 5 pounds. But that should change in the finger channels and especially the patch reefs with the temperature of the water dropping this week.
At Flamingo in Florida Bay we hooked up on two Snook that were monsters on Thursday and unfortunately breaking both off, shortly after the bite slowed so we moved west and found a fairly good bite of small Redfish and Black Drum up to 6 or 7 pounds on jigs tipped with shrimp in some of the creek mouths and runoffs.
This week should be interesting and shake up the fishing a bunch with cold temperatures in the mornings and a nice warming trend through the week. The large Tarpon that have been in the Bays to the north should be back again this week but with a lot more fish this time, they will be laid up and floating on the surface on calm warm days in between fronts ready to eat a fly. Look for free jumping Poons and that will be a good area to start looking! Snook and Reds should come up on the flats to warm themselves and eat on low water when the sun is high.
In Biscayne Bay Muttons will be the story again in the finger channels and especially on the patch reefs with a mixed bag of different Snappers and some Mackerel and which is great?. I love fishing for them on light tackle! And Bonefish will be cruising the ocean side flats on low water looking for crabs and shrimp?.I expect to see a lot of bones this next week.
Good luck Capt. Jim Hale
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Tailing Bonefish and large Tarpon in Whitewater bay